The other day the kids and I were at the dollar store when we came across some colored sand in the art section. I knew better than to pass it by, but focused on the original purpose of the trip I continued walking anyway, and when I returned to buy that colored sand a few weeks later it was gone. Of course. (Like I said, I knew better).
By then I had already committed to doing to sand/glue art with William, so I was committed to finding an affordable alternative. My solution? See the following formula.
Salt + food coloring = faux sand
Place desired amount of salt into a container with a tight snap on lid. Add a few drops of food coloring (depending on the desired saturation), replace lid and shake.
I used kosher salt, but a fine grain salt works just as well.
The salt may need a few minutes to dry out a bit, so while that is happening get your kiddie making a design out of glue. This was William’s favorite part.
Then, invite your child to sprinkle pinches of salt onto the glue. William really just wanted to pour the whole container onto the paper, which would have been ok except that part of the purpose of this activity was for William to practice using his pincher grasp.
The final product looks like this:
Be prepared, however, for the fabulous mess this kind of art can make. Well worth it. 😉 (I think next time I’ll lay down a sheet on the table so I can just pull up the corners and shake the mess outside).